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Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

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Most people imagine summer camp as a “kid thing.” Music educators know summer break is a time for adult music camp, too – in the form of workshops, continuing education credits (CECs) or even working on those last graduate degree units.

 

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The Classical Period of music may have given its name as the popular descriptor for all of Western sophisticated instrumental composition, but its actual timeline is relatively short. All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full century. However, the Classical Era is often cited as the latter half of the eighteenth century. At its longest, the Classical Era ran just seventy to eighty years, ending no later than 1820. Despite the Classical Era's short run, its impact on instrumental music has been enormous.

 

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It's never too early to start making plans for a musical summer. We've put together a list of 10 upcoming cello performances scheduled for this summer. No matter where in the United States you are, there's a fantastic concert at least as close as an awesome road trip.

 

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There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

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One of the most difficult challenges for adults taking on the role of beginner violin student is finding age-appropriate music. While children may be happy to play Row, Row, Row Your Boat and other classic nursery rhyme tunes, adults need and deserve something more inspiring to maintain a growing attachment to their new practice.

 

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We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

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Springtime is busy for students, parents, schools, and communities, but don’t let spring fever cloud your future visions of summer music camps. Now is the time to apply or you could lose your prospective spot at some of the nation’s best music camps.

 

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nother list, another opportunity for people to debate who belongs on it. You can pick apart our list of the 10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know or you can stay here and let us know which of your favorite Classical era composers you think we've left off this list.

 

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Finding the right violin teacher can be more challenging for adult learners than it is for children. For one thing, the balance of power is decidedly more equal; for another, adults often have a more difficult schedule to contend with as the result of work, home life, meeting children's extracurricular needs, etc. 

 

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10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

Read More

Summer Workshops for Educators 2019 – Apply Now!

Summer Workshops for Educators 2019 – Apply Now!

Most people imagine summer camp as a “kid thing.” Music educators know summer break is a time for adult music camp, too – in the form of workshops, continuing education credits (CECs) or even working on those last graduate degree units.

 

Read More

The Classical Period of Music

The Classical Period of Music

The Classical Period of music may have given its name as the popular descriptor for all of Western sophisticated instrumental composition, but its actual timeline is relatively short. All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full century. However, the Classical Era is often cited as the latter half of the eighteenth century. At its longest, the Classical Era ran just seventy to eighty years, ending no later than 1820. Despite the Classical Era's short run, its impact on instrumental music has been enormous.

 

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10 Upcoming Cello Concerts this Summer You Won't Want to Miss

10 Upcoming Cello Concerts this Summer You Won't Want to Miss

It's never too early to start making plans for a musical summer. We've put together a list of 10 upcoming cello performances scheduled for this summer. No matter where in the United States you are, there's a fantastic concert at least as close as an awesome road trip.

 

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Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

Read More

Age Appropriate Violin Songs for Adult Beginners

Age Appropriate Violin Songs for Adult Beginners

One of the most difficult challenges for adults taking on the role of beginner violin student is finding age-appropriate music. While children may be happy to play Row, Row, Row Your Boat and other classic nursery rhyme tunes, adults need and deserve something more inspiring to maintain a growing attachment to their new practice.

 

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20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

Read More

Great Summer Music Camps for 2019 - Apply Now!

Great Summer Music Camps for 2019 - Apply Now!

Springtime is busy for students, parents, schools, and communities, but don’t let spring fever cloud your future visions of summer music camps. Now is the time to apply or you could lose your prospective spot at some of the nation’s best music camps.

 

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10 Classical Period Composers You Need to Know

10 Classical Period Composers You Need to Know

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nother list, another opportunity for people to debate who belongs on it. You can pick apart our list of the 10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know or you can stay here and let us know which of your favorite Classical era composers you think we've left off this list.

 

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What To Look For In A Violin Teacher As An Adult Learner

What To Look For In A Violin Teacher As An Adult Learner

Finding the right violin teacher can be more challenging for adult learners than it is for children. For one thing, the balance of power is decidedly more equal; for another, adults often have a more difficult schedule to contend with as the result of work, home life, meeting children's extracurricular needs, etc. 

 

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